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Extinction

April 18, 2013

Extinction

author |
Mark Alpert
year published |
2013

A malevolent, artificial life form created by military scientists threatens to destroy humanity in this smart, Crichtonesque thriller.

Jim Pierce hasn’t heard from his daughter in years, ever since she rejected his military past and started working as a hacker. But when a Chinese assassin shows up at Jim’s lab looking for her, he knows that she’s cracked some serious military secrets. Now, her life is on the line if he doesn’t find her first.

The Chinese military… read more

Transhumanism: A Grimoire of Alchemical Agendas

December 11, 2012

Transhumanism

author |
Scott D de Hart, Joseph P. Farrell
year published |
2012

The ultimate question is no longer “who am I” or “why am I here.” These questions were answered in the earliest civilizations by philosophers and priests. Today we live in an age of such rapid advances in technology and science that the ultimate question must be rephrased: what shall we be? This book investigates what may become of human civilization, who is setting the agenda for a trans-humanistic civilization, and why .

The modern Victor… read more

Jobocalypse: The End of Human Jobs and How Robots will Replace Them

July 9, 2013

Jobocalypse

author |
Ben Way
year published |
2013

Is your job in danger of getting replaced by robots?

Jobocalypse is a look at the rapidly changing face of robotics and how it will revolutionize employment and jobs over the next thirty years. Ben Way lays out the arguments in favor of and against the mechanization of our society, as well as the amazing advantages and untold risks, as we march into this ever-present future.

Each entertaining… read more

Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction

August 13, 2013

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author |
Annalee Newitz
year published |
2013


In its 4.5 billion–year history, life on Earth has been almost erased at least half a dozen times: shattered by asteroid impacts, entombed in ice, smothered by methane, and torn apart by unfathomably powerful megavolcanoes. And we know that another global disaster is eventually headed our way. Can we survive it? How?

As a species, Homo sapiens is at a crossroads. Study of our planet’s turbulent past… read more

The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates

May 24, 2012

The God Problem

author |
Howard Bloom
year published |
2012

Amazon | God’s war crimes, Aristotle’s sneaky tricks, Galileos creationism, Newton’s intelligent design, entropys errors, Einstein’s pajamas, John Conway’s game of loneliness, Information Theory’s blind spot, Stephen Wolfram’s New Kind Of Science, and six monkeys at six typewriters getting it wrong. What do these have to do with the birth of a universe and with your need for meaning? Everything, as you’re about to see.
“Enthralling. Astonishing. Written with the panache… read more

Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds

June 2, 2014

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author |
Russell Blackford, Damien Broderick
year published |
2014

Intelligence Unbound explores the prospects, promises, and potential dangers of machine intelligence and uploaded minds in a collection of state-of-the-art essays from internationally recognized philosophers, AI researchers, science fiction authors, and theorists.

  • Compelling and intellectually sophisticated exploration of the latest thinking on Artificial Intelligence and machine minds
  • Features contributions from an international cast of philosophers, Artificial Intelligence researchers, science fiction authors, and more
  • Offers

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AGI Revolution: An Inside View of the Rise of Artificial General Intelligence

August 10, 2016

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author |
Ben Goertzel
year published |
2016

Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is the quest for the sci-fi AI dream: AI with mental autonomy, generality, adaptiveness and imagination equal to and ultimately exceeding that of humans. After decades of R&D struggles, the time for AGI is now finally near. Since the early aughts,

Dr. Ben Goertzel has been the leading force advancing the concept of AGI in the research community and the public sphere. Here he… read more

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

March 2, 2015

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author |
Bruce Schneier
year published |
2015

You are under surveillance right now.

Your cell phone provider tracks your location and knows who’s with you. Your online and in-store purchasing patterns are recorded, and reveal if you’re unemployed, sick, or pregnant. Your e-mails and texts expose your intimate and casual friends. Google knows what you’re thinking because it saves your private searches. Facebook can determine your sexual orientation without you ever mentioning it.

The… read more

Are the Androids Dreaming Yet?

March 23, 2015

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author |
James Tagg
year published |
2015

How Alan Turing invented the computer, helped win world war II and left us with one of the greatest puzzles of our time: are humans simply computers or are we more than that? Many scientists think we have a tenuous hold on the title, “most intelligent being on the planet”. They think it’s just a matter of time before computers become smarter than us, and then what? This book… read more

Future Smart: Managing the Game-Changing Trends that Will Transform Your World

January 21, 2015

Future Smart

author |
James Canton
year published |
2015

Game-changing trends are coming in business, technology, workforce, economy, security, and environment. Climate change, energy demand, and population growth will redefine global risk and power. Exponential new technologies will emerge in digital money, mobile commerce, and big data. An explosive new middle class of over one billion consumers will enter the marketplace. Every nation, job, business, and person will be transformed. To thrive in this future you have to… read more

The Science of Interstellar

November 10, 2014

The Science of Interstellar

author |
Kip Thorne
year published |
2014

A journey through the otherworldly science behind Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated film, Interstellar, from executive producer and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne.

Interstellar, from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, takes us on a fantastic voyage far beyond our solar system. Yet in The Science of Interstellar, Kip Thorne, the physicist who assisted Nolan on the scientific aspects of Interstellar, shows us that the movie’s jaw-dropping events and stunning, never-before-attempted visuals are… read more

The Singularity Is Near

August 5, 2009
author |
Ray Kurzweil
year published |
2006

In The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, Ray Kurzweil presents the next stage of his compelling view of the future: the merging of humans and machines. Kurzweil refers to this as “the singularity.

He describes the singularity as a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed.

Kurzweil… read more

The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must

March 15, 2013

The Case for Mars

author |
Robert Zubrin, Richard Wagner
year published |
2011

Since the beginning of human history, Mars has been an alluring dream—the stuff of legends, gods, and mystery. The planet most like ours, it has still been thought impossible to reach, let alone explore and inhabit. But all that changed when leading space exploration authority Robert Zubrin crafted a daring new blueprint, Mars Direct. When it was first published in 1996, The Case for Mars became an instant classic, lauded widely… read more

Kill Process

June 27, 2016

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author |
William Hertling
year published |
2016

By day, Angie, a twenty-year veteran of the tech industry, is a data analyst at Tomo, the world’s largest social networking company; by night, she exploits her database access to profile domestic abusers and kill the worst of them. She can’t change her own traumatic past, but she can save other women.

When Tomo introduces a deceptive new product that preys on users’ fears to drive up its… read more

Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies

April 8, 2016

Innovation And Its Enemies

author |
Calestous Juma
year published |
2016

The rise of artificial intelligence has rekindled a long-standing debate regarding the impact of technology on employment. This is just one of many areas where exponential advances in technology signal both hope and fear, leading to public controversy. This book shows that many debates over new technologies are framed in the context of risks to moral values, human health, and environmental safety. But it argues that behind these legitimate… read more

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